NHL Free Agent Rumors: Cup Contender Linked To Patrick Kane This Summer

It's safe to say that Patrick Kane outperformed even the most optimistic expectations this season after coming off hip resurfacing surgery. After sitting out the first two months of the season, Kane signed with the Detroit Red Wings and has since gone on to return to the 20-goal club, while also coming close to the point-per-game mark as well. 

But is his Red Wings' reign a one-and-done proposition? 

Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now suggests that the Bruins could be strong suitors for Kane this offseason. Boston GM Don Sweeney was rumoured to be interested in the former three-time Stanley Cup champ last summer and early fall when he was deciding on his next destination. And the Bruins have their own pending UFA, Jake DeBrusk, who could bolt this offseason, leaving an opening for Kane as a replacement.

One thing we do know is that Kane isn't rushing to commit further to Detroit just yet. 

“I think just with the situation I was in and coming in and being here for maybe three-quarters of the season or whatever it was, it’s just this year, and then we’ll see what happens,” Kane said recently.

The 17-year veteran has 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points in 47 games. It's the 16th 20-goal season for the former Hart Trophy winner.

The Red Wings are battling for a playoff spot, currently sitting tied with the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers, just one point back of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final Wild Card birth in the Eastern Conference, going into Friday night's games, with just three to play in the season. 

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